The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has charged states across the nation to imbibe the Delta Model in a bid to enhance the development of grassroots sports in Nigeria.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Dare gave the charge in Asaba when he undertook an inspection tour of the Stephen Keshi International Stadium, Asaba to ascertain the level of the states preparedness to host the 2022 National Sports Festival.
The Minister who was conducted round the facilities by the Chairman of the State Sports Commission and President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa said Delta remain a leader in Nigerian sports and the model it had been working with had helped it maintain that lead over the years.
He said states like Lagos, Kwara, Kano and Edo had emulated the model introduced by Delta State and the result had been heartwarming over the years.
Dare also enjoined others to invest more in the sports sector stressing that such investment will always bear fruits as athletes who get more support tend to excel in their sports.
According to him, Delta State’s investments over the years was evident in the quality of athletes it had produced. He stated that the need to enhance the development of sports at the grassroots was not only to discover budding talents but to give them the platform to be showcased to the international community.
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